Liam Hemsworth-Miley Cyrus divorce may have kicked off on the wrong foot, but prenups will iron out their financial issues, claims legal expert
Assets of both Miley and Liam are protected by their prenups, and the stars' prenuptial agreement makes the financial issues extremely easy to resolve because presumably all of the terms are specifically laid out
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus were the poster-couple for will they- won’t they- surely they will until it was announced that they are getting a divorce. Some of us are still holding on to the hope that they will get back together, but that is neither here nor there.
Despite painting a picture-perfect life complete with the many animals they co-parent, Liam and Miley’s marriage ended in shambles because of drug abuse problems and/or adultery, depending on which side you are listening to. These allegations against each other kicked off the divorce on the wrong foot. Things may still fall back in to place, according to renowned NYC divorce lawyer Adam Edelstein.
Edelstein, who has handled many a high-profile case, believes that it is a normal byproduct of a messy legal battle for couples to make hurtful and/or untrue statements. It is so common that according to the New York bar, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, privileged. To elaborate, “If Miley falsely accused Liam of being a raging alcoholic which Miley alleges lead in part, to the breakdown of her marriage and the divorce, Liam cannot sue Miley for Defamation.”
Miley fans are also worried about how her alleged romance with Kaitlynn Carter and the more recent living situation would impact her in the divorce settlement. Edelstein assures MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) that they will have no legal impact on the outcome of the case.
This is in part because “the act of committing adultery and generally the reasons why the couple is divorcing, is irrelevant to the issues raised in the divorce,” he says, adding that things would be different if Miley was spending marital money on her girlfriend in the months leading up to the breakdown of their relationship. “For example,” he elaborates, “If she and Liam have a joint bank account and Miley buys her girlfriend a $50,000 Prada bag, it is highly likely that Miley would have to reimburse Liam for 50% of the funds spent on the girlfriend or on anyone for that matter.”
Both of their assets, nonetheless, are protected by their prenups, says Edelstein, adding how the prenuptial agreement “makes the financial issues extremely easy to resolve because presumably all of the terms are specifically laid out.” Meanwhile, the stories about pets being in the sole custody of Miley may be baseless, seeing as absent some outrageous set of circumstances such as evidence that one party abused the animals, the Court would have advised for the “parents” to have “joint custody” of pets.
All said and done, “if the terms of their prenuptial agreement irons out the financial issues and they agree to share their animals, the divorce should be relatively painless,” assures Edelstein.